January 27, 2015

The Mad Season tribute performance scheduled for January 30th at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall has added three “mystery guests” to the show’s lineup, which already boasts surviving Mad Season members Mike McCready from Pearl Jam and Barrett Martin from Screaming Trees, along with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.

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The event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Mad Season’s sole album, Above, with a unique performance incorporating the Seattle Symphony. Titled “Mad Season Sonic Evolution,” the show will also “pay tribute to Seattle bands Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mad Season and more.”

In addition to McCready on guitar and Martin on drums, Mad Season featured late musicians Layne Staley on vocals and John Baker Saunders on bass.

McCready said that he often wonders what his two bandmates would have done if they had lived: “It’s an interesting, sad feeling at times, because I wonder what those guys would be like now. You know, I wonder if Layne would be a dad or Baker would be a dad or, you know, those kind of things that are important to me now, as opposed to when I was in my 20s, are so different and I wish they could experience that.”

The tribute show is long sold out, but Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation recently ran a contest where winners will receive a pair of tickets to the show plus $1,000 in travel expenses and a meet-and-greet with McCready and others. The contest closed on Sunday (January 25th).

  • All proceeds from the raffle benefit the Vitalogy Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations doing work in the fields of community health, the environment, social change and arts and entertainment.

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